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Here's a Health to the Barley Mow: A Century of Folk Customs and Ancient Rural Games [DVD]

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  • Directors: Various
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: BFI Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2011
  • Run Time: 365 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051FBKWQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,109 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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HERE'S A HEALTH TO THE BARLEY MOW
A century of folk customs and ancient rural games

From the 'sexy, savage' Cornish May Day rites of Alan Lomax's Oss Oss Wee Oss to Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane's footage of ferociously fought traditional football; from children's games in London's bombed East End to intricate sword and step dances, this collection of poetic documentaries, long un-seen television reports and rare silent film footage reveals just how powerful and enduring the folk traditions of Great Britain have always been.

This double-disc set of newly remastered films is accompanied by an illustrated 58-page booklet including detailed notes and essays by folk historians. The silent films feature innovative fiddle and melodeon accompaniments by contemporary folk musicians.

UK | 1912 -2002 | black & white, and colour | English | 365 minutes | 44 films | DVD9 x 2 | Mixed original aspect ratios | Region 0 PAL DVD

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A great selection of very strange things. The bloke in the Guardian was right when he said it made you feel that wherever you were in the UK, the Whicker Man was just around the corner... The older stuff is the best.
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thank goodness some people made the effort to preserve these customs. the 'ethnic' ones were the best, EFDSS was more 'refined' but still enjoyable. really cheered us up on a cold winter's night. how universal is the human spirit as there are so many similar dance steps and styles costumes etc all over the world.
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An excellent collection of films. Though a brief title at the start of each would have helped rather than having to refer to the booklet every time. Plus we found the fiddle playing that the BFI have added to the silent films very grating and intrusive after a while. But those minor drawbacks apart we found this collection lovely record of our folk heritage.
Someone has complained about the inclusion of a "spoof" custom, from the 1960s, in the collection. Well I would say that many of the customs and traditions that are now subject to po-faced reverence probably did start out as people just having a bit of a laugh. So perhaps that particular 'spoof' may well end up being studied by scholars in a few hundred years time. Who will no doubt very seriously extrapolate all kinds of 'meanings' from it that it never had.
Anyway, if you're at all interested in our real heritage; of ordinary people enjoying themselves, celebrating nature and life, then this collection is a must.
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This collection of films is as strange as the title. Rare footage of folk customs presented in a completely unmediated way. Made us gawp in wonder!
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Some very rare recordings on these DVDs, very English and really eccentric - highly recommended.
Don't forget Boxing Day at Ironbridge, Shropshire > Morris dancers from around 0930.
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Unique. Some very old silent footage with music added is of particular interest, but it's all good. At least, I think it's good.
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